Do You Know When to Request a Sidebar?

After a party objects to the admission of evidence, the proponent of the evidence can respond by arguing that the objection doesn’t apply or isn’t valid, or that the evidence is admissible because of an exception to the ground stated in the objection. Where that argument is made can make a big difference—should you argue in open court or in a sidebar conference? Continue reading

Approach the Bench

When you want to object or argue an objection but you don’t want the jury to hear, you may want to ask the judge’s permission to approach the bench. But beware: the judge may not like it and the jury could get annoyed. Continue reading